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“friendly staffs, plenty and clean bathrooms, real hostel style” 4 of 5 stars
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Borneo Backpackers
No.24 Lorong Dewan, Kota Kinabalu 88801, Malaysia   |  
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Bangkok, Thailand
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
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“friendly staffs, plenty and clean bathrooms, real hostel style”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2012

Quite satisfied with number of bathrooms they provide for guests that help reduce toilet rush hour stress in the morning and the evening. Location is great, not too near and too noisy like ones on Gaya Street.

Room Tip: a room in the living room area looked nice though I stayed 3-bedded dorm
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

We stayed at Borneo backpackers for four nights, it was the first shared room we had stayed in on our travels. It was fine, the rooms were very clean, the staff were friendly and reasonably helpful and there was free internet all day. it was in a good location, easy to get places and you can book tours through them too. Overall I was very happy with the place.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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7 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

We were disappointed with this place, after traveling for 2 months and staying in much more basic and cheap accommodation we thought we would get more for our money here. The rooms are clean and comfortable but the bathroom is shared and not very private, the 'breakfast included' is a slice of toast and tea/coffee self-service, and you have to pay to use a towel. One member of staff who was working there most of the time we were there was not very helpful and acted quite disinterested in trying to help or engage in a conversation. It is an OK place to stay, but we wont be staying here again.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

I booked this place over the internet for just two nights when arriving in Kota Kinabalu.

They picked me up from the airport right on time. The room was super clean and comfortable. The bathrooms were clean and modern.

The staff were always friendly and went out of their way to help. Thought it was a pretty good deal and they were doing a very good job of running the place.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

we really enjoyed our time at Borneo Backpackers, the staff were very helpful and we looks forward to coming back!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bremen, Germany
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

Where should I start? The place is very clean and looks new. It has great price also for all the offered facilities like wifi, astro, breakfast, and high security with cctv system. The place is in strategic area with most of the city's attraction nearby. The staffs are very friendly and helpful. Very nice! I really recommend this place to anyone's traveling to KK.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2011

Borneo Backpackers is conveniently located in downtown KK, walking distance from restaurants, the markets, and long distance bus station to Mt. Kinabalu. Its filled with an international crowd (including Malaysians:), mostly researching and preparing forms for their hike up Mt. Kinabalu or limping around after. The dorms (where we stayed) and bathrooms were super clean, the common area is filled with couches, computers, and information on tourist attractions all over Borneo, and they offer the standard breakfast of toast with tea (from Sabah, really good) or coffee. The staff is super helpful and very friendly and they sell the cheapest beer in town (Rn 6 for a can of Tiger) and the most expensive laundry service (Rn10 per kilo). There is also a decent restaurant below, operated by the same owners, that serves delicious chicken curry and an interesting herbal chicken soup.
Best of all, BB recycles and has free filtered water available, reducing the mountain of plastic bottles we tourists produce.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Borneo Backpackers

Address: No.24 Lorong Dewan, Kota Kinabalu 88801, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Kota Kinabalu
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 77 Specialty Lodging in Kota Kinabalu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Centrally located in the heart of the city; Borneo Backpackers has already attracted the attention of discerning travellers from around the world. Some guests have already made return visits, and many more have vowed to return. While guests originally come for the facilities on offer, such as clean bathroom, toilets, pantry area, internet facility, cozy lounge area, roof garden deck, 24 hours security, and a tour information counter. They return for the service from our friendly, helpful and knowledgeable local staff. Rooms are all air con, from Dorms to Private rooms. Rates begin at $7 USD. ... more   less 
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Borneo Backpackers Hotel Kota Kinabalu
Borneo Backpackers Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

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